It is a great honour, says Laxman

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Hyderabad, Jan 25 (PTI) Stylish middle order batsman VVSLaxman, who was today honoured with the prestigious PadmaShri award, said it was great and satisfying moment for him ashis achievements while playing for the country have beenrewarded.

"I feel honoured as I have been bestowed with one of themost prestigious awards. It is indeed satisfying that myachievements while playing for the country have been rewarded.

The biggest honour, however, is the opportunity to representmy country for so many years," Laxman told the mediapersonsafter it was announced that he is getting the award.

The Hyderabad stylist said it was the "result ofthe hardwork and passion that is reflected in hisperformances, when he represents country."

"Awards and laurels are a by-product of what you aretrying to do for your team and your country," he stated.

The overwhelming feeling was understandable as he thankedeveryone who has helped him evolve as a cricketer.

"I would take this opportunity to thank my parents and myuncle who first spotted my talent. It was he (uncle) whoencouraged me to take up the sport seriously. Also my wife(Shailaja) and kids whose support has been invaluable."

The 36-year-old veteran of 120 Test matches also tookthe opportunity to thank the central and Andhra Pradesh stategovernment for thinking him worthy enough for the honour alongwith BCCI which recommended his name.

Laxman''s father V Shantaram said, "I am delighted andthank God that my son has got the award. It''s a dream cometrue for me, my wife and all family members." PTI KHS MRM

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